Data Science is an area of study within the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select “SM Data Science” in the Area of Study menu.


Data is being generated at an ever-increasing speed across all aspects of modern life. The Data Science master’s program combines computer science and statistics to train students how to analyze, contextualize, and draw insights from that data. The program offers strong preparation in statistical modeling, machine learning, optimization, management and analysis of massive data sets, and data acquisition.

The program especially focuses on hands-on research projects. In many of the program’s courses you will demonstrate your mastery of the material covered in the course by applying those methods in a final project. In addition, you will have a deeper research experience by completing a master’s thesis on a computational project under faculty supervision or through the Capstone Project course—in which teams of students work on real-world projects sourced from industry partners, such as working with Spotify on recommender systems and with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on optimum bus scheduling.

Graduates of the program have taken key positions at large technology companies, major financial institutions, and emerging startups. Others have gone on to doctoral studies in computer science and statistics.

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